Nuffield Health in merger talks with London hospital

Early stage talks with King Edward VII's Hospital

Nuffield Health and King Edward VII’s Hospital are in merger talks, it has been confirmed.

Nuffield Health is a charity with 31 hospitals, six medical centres and 65 fitness and wellbeing centres in the UK, while King Edward VII’s Hospital is a private London hospital and a registered charity.

David Mobbs (pictured), chief executive of Nuffield Health, said the organisation already has fitness, wellbeing and clinical services in central London, but is missing a flagship hospital in the capital.

He said: "King Edward VII’s Hospital shares our brand values very well and together we would be able to offer London patients excellent care in first-rate facilities."

A recent strategic review carried out for King Edward VII's Hospital showed that a potential merger could be in the long-term interests of the hospital – especially with respect to funding major capital projects.

John Lofthouse, chief executive of King Edward VII’s Hospital, said: "Nuffield Health is a major player in the UK healthcare market and shares our commitment to providing the highest standards of care and quality. These talks may provide us with an exciting opportunity to further benefit our patients while securing our long term future."

The talks are said to be at an early stage and are expected to continue over the next few months.

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